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Barack Obama Gets Groovy

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The President gave an interview to the New Yorker in which he all but embraced the legalization of pot.  The WSJ has a good editorial on it today.  Some of the more pungent paragraphs are (emphasis added):

"Middle-class kids don't get locked up for smoking pot, and poor kids do," Mr. Obama added. Actually, almost nobody gets locked up for pot. Americans collectively smoke for three billion days a year and use has increased 38% since 2007, according to a Rand Corp. analysis of federal health survey data, yet there were merely about 750,000 marijuana-related "arrests" in the U.S. in 2012. In the official FBI statistics that can mean anything from a ticket or summons to a full booking.

Very few people are incarcerated for simple possession, which makes up about 88% of arrests. There are currently about 40,000 state and federal prisoners serving time for marijuana-related convictions, and most have violent criminal histories. Most judges must be persuaded that someone is a true danger to society to sentence prison for mere drug use.

I thought the best observation was this:

If the President believes that marijuana prohibition is an injustice, he has an obligation to propose his own legislative reforms, instead of unilaterally suspending the enforcement of federal drug laws that don't fit his political agenda. Why not start with the State of the Union address? Whatever Mr. Obama's personal views on marijuana, his picking and choosing from the U.S. code is far more corrosive to the rule of law and trust in government.

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Middle-class kids tend to smoke marijuana indoors -away from the watchful eye of the authorities.

Poor kids often take no such reasonable precautions-smoking marijuana openly on public streets.

Which group is more likely to have higher arrest numbers?

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